Anchorage Mayor to Run for Ted Stevens' Senate Seat

40-year veteran faces corruption probe
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Apr 21, 2008 9:07 AM CDT
Anchorage, Alaska mayor Mark Begich announces that he has formed an exploratory committee as a first step in a possible run for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat in this file photo.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Democratic mayor of Anchorage will throw his hat in the ring today for the Alaska Senate seat Ted Stevens has held for 4 decades, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Stevens, one of the Senate's most notorious pork producers, has been reelected easily 7 times, but is now under federal investigation for corruption. Mark Begich will face three other Democrats in a primary; the 84-year-old Stevens will run against two GOP challengers.